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Fear Street Part One: 1994

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Violence, gore, sex, and language in so-so '90s homage.

Movie R 2021 107 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 16 parent reviews

age 18+


I was initially excited for this trilogy but I could make it throug the 1st part. Not only are the characters boring but it's extremely vulgar and violent. There's a difference between being scary and being gratuitously gory. There's also sexual content that's very unnecessary. I do not recommend this series and I would not let my kids or teens watch it.
age 15+

Fear Street One Review

Great Movie. I love this whole trilogy. I rated this movie a 15+ because there is LOTS of gore scenes, lots of stabbing, boy gets hit it the head with an axe, girl gets shoved through a bread slicer and lots of swearing. Overall great movie though.

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Our review:
Parents say (16 ):
Kids say (93 ):

This is a teen slasher homage and parody that tries way too hard. Fear Street Part One: 1994 is a movie that really wants you to know that it's set during the 1990s. With its mixtapes and AOL chatrooms and so much music from the likes of Nine Inch Nails, White Zombie, and Bush, the movie is drowning in '90s sauce within the first ten minutes, and it quickly grows tiresome, either as parody or as an attempt to capture what it was like in the mid-90s. While the movie seems to be trying to reference the tropes and conventions of teen slasher movies from this decade, it doesn't take long for it to feel like little more than a copy of Stranger Things, with its cartoonish exaggeration of period relevant pop culture and the age-old rivalries between assorted high school cliques.

Ironically enough, the very exaggeration that the movie seems to be going for is its undoing. The excessive profanity quickly grows tiresome and comes across as uninspired and unoriginal. The self awareness in what's being parodied loses any humor it may have had within the first half hour. The gratuitous sex and violence end up being all part of the exhausting pastiche of the blurred line between irony and tribute, of parody and homage. One has to hope that the next two movies in the series will be better.

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